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OK, DD is nearly, but not quite weaned. She nurses 5- 20 times a week, depending on her mood, and is basically slurp-slurp-slurp <i>change side</i> slurp-slurp DONE! She's had two boobs at every feed since she was about 6 months old.<br>
How do I fit her around a newborn/ a newborn around her? I can see there being huge problems if she decides she wants to change sides when bean has only just got latched on. Any ideas?
 

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Hi! I did this with my oldest when ds2 was born. There were several things I tried.<br>
One thing I found helped me was to nurse them seperately when possible. Ds was old enough at the time to wait (not quite patiently) while ds2 nursed, then have his turn at both breasts. That's what we did most often.<br>
In the times where he would just not wait, I used a football hold for them both, gave them each a breast, and, if necessary, had them switch when ds2 was ready to.<br>
Other mamas will probably have lots more good ideas! For us, it was rocky at first. I had some trouble trying to find the right pattern/routine for everything, but it settled down after a little while, and became much easier.<br>
Good Luck!
 

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I try to nurse separately, too. I have to ask DS to wait sometimes, but most of the time it's not an issue. The few times I have nursed them at the same time, I've done what PP said and had them each in a football hold. I've even had DS nurse standing up while I sat on the couch. I read somewhere that you just have to worry about where the newbie will be; the toddler will find a way!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Thankyou! So basically, feed the new one as normal, and let Skye figure the rest out for herself?
 

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My DD was nearly 2 when the baby was born and she was also nursing both sides and infrequently before the baby. After DD#2 was born and my milk came in she wanted to nurse much more often but she stopped asking for both sides and would be full after just one. So I could easily nurse the baby on one or both as needed and let DD#2 feed afterwards. It wasn't until DD#2 was about 2 months old before I could successfully nurse them both at the same time and even then not regularly until she was 3 months old. I used the football hold with them both. Sometimes I can ask her to wait and she is fine and others she really needs me to nurse them both. Also, DD#1 was sleeping through the night and then for about 3 months after the baby was born she was waking nearly as much as the baby. So all night long I was nursing one of them. It's just finally calmed down again and DD#1 is sleeping through the night and the baby is waking only 2-3 times I think.
 

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My sons are 22 months apart. I started prepping the older one before his little brother was born that little babies don't get to eat food like he does and that little babies only get nummies. He was fine with that and never really had a problem waiting until his brother was finished. Some people dedicate a side to each child, but I just tried to make sure to keep track of which side the baby had last so that he was getting a good mix of fore and hind milk. (With two growing boys creating the demand, I had milk everywhere! For a while, the baby was getting too much fore milk--you can tell by the color of their poo.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fly-by-nursing2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fly By Nursing2">
 

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I nursed the newborn as usual, and DD whenever she wanted to. She was three and still nursing _a lot_ for comfort, the new baby meant she needed even more comfort <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
So, I would have her lay across my lap in a big chair or on the couch, or propped up in bed, and then lay the baby in her lap.<br>
Or, I would lay on my side, she would lay on her stomach latched on to the bottom, and baby would lay on her back.<br>
Or, baby would be in cradle hold and she would be in football hold,<br>
Or, in a recliner we would all be oriented in about the same direction.<br><br>
I know many people don't nurse both at once, but if you want to, it can work, I almost always nursed them both at the same time unless we were in public.<br><br>
Oh, and I didn't dedicate a side to each child, but I rarely switched sides during a feeding. Because it was so consistent, there was always plenty of milk for the baby and for DD to get enough on just one breast.
 
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